{  Kiraku — 喜楽  }

Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽
Kiraku -- 喜楽

Located in Shibuya, this popular ramen joint has been around for years and serves delicious golden shoyu-based Chinese noodle (中華麺) ramen. It seems to be very popular amongst salary-men, students, and many of their loyal customers tend to be male. It’s located in a rather sketchy area (somewhat of a red light district…), but this place serves flavorful and delicious ramen.

The first floor counter seats were full when we arrived so we got seated in the second floor area. The workers were speaking Chinese to each other as we waited for our ramen. Both of us ordered the “Moyashi-men” (もやし麺) for 800yen. The generous amounts of moyashi with the golden shoyu-soup went perfectly together and I can see why many people love this place. Other popular ramen choices seem to be “Moyashi Wonton-men” (900yen), “Chashu wonton-men” (1000yen), and their gyoza (500yen). The ambiance is not necessarily nice nor does it have great service but the ramen is definitely good. Come check it out if you’re in the area.

Note: Some of their prices went up from when I took the photo of their menu

Closed // Wednesday
Hours // 11:30am – 8:30pm

Address // 2-17-6, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-2032
Website // n/a

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{  Hoshino Coffee — 星乃珈琲店  }

Hoshino Coffee -- 星乃珈琲店
Hoshino Coffee -- 星乃珈琲店
Hoshino Coffee -- 星乃珈琲店
Hoshino Coffee -- 星乃珈琲店
Hoshino Coffee -- 星乃珈琲店

Hand-drip coffee shop Hoshino is located throughout Japan but one of their stores is located directly above the Shibuya Scramble. If you sit by the window, you get a view of the cross-walk while sipping on some delicious hand-drip coffee. Visit between 11am – 3pm and you can get your drink for 300yen if you order any food along with it.

The Souffle Double Pancakes are 680yen (a single pancake is 530yen) and it comes with your choice of maple, honey or black syrup. The souffle pancakes were so fluffy, thick, yet tasty. (The pancake takes about twenty minutes to be made). I really enjoyed their hand-drip coffee as well. If you are looking for a place to take a break right by Shibuya Station, this may be a good option. The coffee shop is separated into smoking and non-smoking sections which was nice.

Address // Shibuya 109 Men’s 2F, 1-23-10, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (map)
Phone Number // 03-3477-8038
Website // http://www.hoshinocoffee.com/

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{  Hashidaya Honten — はし田屋 本店  }

Hashidaya Honten -- はし田屋 本店
Hashidaya Honten -- はし田屋 本店
Hashidaya Honten -- はし田屋 本店
Hashidaya Honten -- はし田屋 本店

Chicken + egg + rice = Oyakodon

Come here to get the best kind. Hashidaya is located about 5min away from Shibuya station. We came here for lunch and the first floor was already packed so we went up to the second floor.

Their famous Oyakodon (名物親子丼) is 850yen (pay 50yen more to add chicken broth soup), and the Chicken Nanban (チキン南蛮定食) was 780yen and includes miso soup and rice. Everything was delicious and the place kept bringing in customers non-stop.

Hashidaya serves more of a traditional Japanese-style cuisine that specializes in chicken for dinner time. If you want to try their Oyakodon though, come here for lunch!

Lunch Hours: 11:30am – 3pm
Dinner Hours: 6pm – Midnight

Address // 3-15-4, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5774-4105
Website // http://www.hashidaya.com/shibuya/index.html

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{  Toritake — 鳥竹  }

Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹
Toritake -- 鳥竹

Toritake is an awesome Yakitori place located right by Shibuya station. It’s a hole-in-the-wall Izakaya kind of place and has three floors which are constantly packed with customers. Be prepared to wait a little during popular hours.

We’ve been here a few times cause we love how affordable and good the Yakitori is. Over the course of our visits, we’ve experimented with ordering our dishes with both the “tare” (sauce flavoring) and the “shio” (salt flavoring) and overall we tend to prefer the salt more since it really brings out the flavor of the chicken and takes the veggies to another level. Everything here is delicious and I highly recommend their stuffed green pepper (ピーマンの肉詰め). Yummm. The place is loud and happening during dinner hours with people of all ages and a variety of different nationalities represented among the diners. They surprisingly have an English menu and I’ve also heard great things about their lunch as well.

Just FYI, be prepared to take off your shoes if you sit on the basement-level floor or to sit next to people who are smoking.

Note: Closed on the second Monday of every month.

Address // 1-6-1, Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3461-1627
Website // n/a

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{  Dougenzaka Kanamori — 道玄坂金森  }

Dougenzaka Kanamori - 道玄坂 金森
Dougenzaka Kanamori - 道玄坂 金森
Dougenzaka Kanamori - 道玄坂 金森

Go up Dougenzaka in Shibuya and you’ll find a small Japanese restaurant named Dougenzaka Kanamori. They serve traditional Japanese dishes and they’re famous for their “Karatsu-don” which they only have a limited number of per day. Karatsudon is basically like a refined fisherman’s dish. It’s made up of chopped tuna, mackerel, salmon, and some other ingredients which are lightly flavored with soy sauce on top of sushi rice.

I’ve been wanting to come here for a while and finally got to check it out. My friend and I both ordered the Karatsudon (1300yen) and we were very satisfied with both the flavoring and the portion size. As you eat the donburi, there are little surprises such as ginger pieces and wasabi which all went very well together. The side dishes such as the dashimaki-tamago complemented the main dish as well.

The first floor is counter seating only and the second floor (which we ate at) were private booths. It seemed like there was more seating on the third floor as well.

It’s hard to find an affordable, nice, authentic Japanese restaurant in Shibuya so this is a good one to try if you’re searching for something Japanese in the area.

PS: Here’s a list of some of their lunch options:
Karatsudon (唐津丼 ) – 1300yen
Nikujyaga Teishoku (金森の肉じゃが定食) – 1300yen
Grilled Fish Teishoku (焼魚定食) – fish changes daily – 1300yen
Boiled fish (煮魚定食) – fish changes daily – 1300yen

Address // 1-17-4, Dougenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5456-1367
Website // http://dogenzaka-kanamori.jimdo.com/

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